Traditional rocket festival in Chichibu

People in Chichibu, a city north of Tokyo, launched hand-made rockets on Sunday to express their gratitude for the season's harvest.

The annual festival, held in a mountainous region of the city, d...

posted by  Yubi | 1 week, 5 days ago | 0 comments

Kazuo Ishiguro's Nobel Prize in Literature

Ishiguro is not a Japanese writer but I wanted to share this news here as he was born in Japan and certainly was influenced by Japanese culture at least through his parents.

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 weeks, 2 days ago | 0 comments

Japanese Vending Machines at Night Juxtaposed with a Wintry Hokkaido Landscape

“In Hokkaido where I live, winters are harsh and snows are deep,” says photographer Eiji Ohashi. “Every day can become rather inconvenient” due to the constant snowfall. But heavy snows also bring ...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 weeks, 2 days ago | 0 comments

Exhibition of nunoe cloth pictures

An exhibition of artworks made of kimono cloth opened in Mito city, north of Tokyo, on Tuesday.

"Nunoe" is a Japanese handcraft similar to patchwork in which scraps of kimono and obi fabric are sti...

posted by  Tanuki | 1 month, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments

Gata No Kuni Kara

For the very first time, a Japanese TV drama is featuring a popular actor from Thailand!
It's a story about a young Thai man who runs away accompanied by a Japanese high school girl.

posted by  Tanuki | 1 month, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments

Daimonji Festival

Huge bonfires on mountains lit up Japan's old capital, Kyoto, on Wednesday night in an annual Buddhist ceremony.

One bonfire on a mountainside formed the shape of the Chinese character meaning "lar...

posted by  Yubi | 2 months ago | 1 comment

For Yosakoi Fans

Teams of energetic dancers from across Japan have competed on the final day of Yosakoi Festival, the biggest summer event in Kochi, western Japan.

The 64th edition of the Yosakoi dance festival wra...

posted by  Yubi | 2 months, 1 week ago | 0 comments

The Yayoi Kusama Museum to Open in Shinjuku in October

Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan’s most prolific and successful artists, is opening her own museum in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. The 5-story structure will open to the public on October 1st, 2017.

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 months, 1 week ago | 0 comments

Haruo Nakajima, Man Inside Godzilla Suit, Dies at 88

Haruo Nakajima, who was the man inside the monster suit for every "Godzilla" film from the 1954 original to 1972's "Godzilla vs. Gigan," died Monday (Aug. 7), according to Variety, citing "Godzilla...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 months, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments

Roland announces Kodo - world’s first electronic taiko drum

Japanese electronic musical instrument manufacturer Roland has teamed up with Kodo, a taiko traditional drumming company, to provide the world’s first electronic Japanese taiko.

Although still in d...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment


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